Don't mind Hallie, Rinsui. She was one of the "DUH BETA ISN'T THE REAL GAME!" people.
Well, I can't blame her/him for that. I also expected the game to improve fast, so I bought the CE
and 5000 yen worth of crysta. Still, I don't consider myself a troll. Just a very loudmouth, grumpy
People keep writing that the game has vastly improved; however, people also kept writing that
while I was still playing and very underwhelmed with the changes introduced by then. So I'm
a little puzzled about what to believe.
What really troubles me is the dilemma I am in. Look, I think the general artstyle in FF XIV is
unmatched by any of its competitors. No bearded muscle-clad amazon bust-a-bust pornostar
women as in many western MMOs, and a more lighthearted approach to the world as a whole
than in most. Also, FF does not fall into the gaudy over-the-top sparkling lolitas-with-angel-wings
and insatiable horse hips Korean style either. Both, I do not need in my game.
However - from my perspective - there are many things where both the US and the Korean concurrence
have managed to set new standards since 2009, and I wonder whether XIV will be able to make up that
gap. Whenever I see a trailer for Blade & Soul combat or even TERA (which failed, I hear?) or the crafting
system in Arche Age, and compare both to what FF offers, I can simply wish Yoshi best luck for 2.0.
Because right now, FF does not even play in the same league anymore. At least it did not when I quit.
And a trailer or sneak preview or even a few vague statements about what true core gamplay mechanic
changes are on the horizon would tremendously help to calm my anxiety. Also, I am very concerned
that SE, again, seems to have opted for tunnel-vision development behind tightly vacuum-sealed doors.
The recent player poll was a remarkable step in the right direction. But how can players give meaningful
feedback for the development of 2.0 when they know nothing about it? Edited, Apr 5th 2012 12:56pm by Rinsui